Eagles Acquire Wide Receiver Golden Tate From Lions
After much anticipation, Howie Roseman has finally made his move. The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired wide receiver Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick. The 30 year old wide out was the Lions leading receiver this season, hauling in 44 catches for 517 yards and 3 touchdowns through 8 games this season.
Since signing with the Lions back in 2014, Golden Tate has been one of the most consistent receivers in the league. He has caught at least 90 passes in each of his 4 seasons with the Lions, racking up 291 receptions during that span.
On the surface, this trade looks like a homerun for the Eagles. The Eagles offense has struggled to move the ball consistently all season, especially in the red zone. Golden Tate provides Doug Pederson more flexibility with his play calling.
The biggest bonus to this deal is it will allow Nelson Agholor to go back into the slot. With the loss of Mike Wallace in week 2, Agholor has been forced back outside where he has struggled this season. Golden Tate has the ability to play outside, as well as work the middle of the field.
This trade has the potential to backfire, as a third-round pick is a hefty price for a 30 year old wide receiver who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. If the Eagles can get far in the playoffs and Tate is a big contributor, the third-round price tag shouldn’t matter. Only time will tell.